Behavioral Health Prevention Specialist (behavioral Health Spec Ii)

Community Services Board, Virginia
$57,384.29 - $95,640.27 Annually
Oct 09, 2021
Oct 29, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Are you passionate about mental health and reducing stigma? Are you committed to working in partnership with the community to initiate and implement data-driven substance misuse, suicide prevention and mental health promotion programming? Are you skilled in public speaking, training and enjoy developing public health messaging? This is an exciting opportunity to join the Wellness, Health Promotion and Prevention team with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.

As a Behavioral Health Specialist, you will participate in community events and health fairs to educate residents about substance use and mental health issues and provide behavioral health promotion messages. A successful candidate will be comfortable presenting to large audiences, engaging with the public and comfortable facilitating researched-based trainings for community members such as MHFA (Mental Health First Aid), REVIVE, Lock and Talk, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), ACE Interface, and other prevention programming. These services are designed to incorporate new and innovative ways to reinforce positive social norms and engage communities to choose healthy behaviors, while making changes that reduce the impact of risky behaviors. This is an opportunity to be a part of transformative change by implementing environmental strategies aimed at creating population-level change. Utilizing SAMSHA’s Strategic Prevention Framework you will engage community partners to identify and mobilize resources and will implement, collaborate with and support county-wide health promotion and substance abuse prevention initiatives and campaigns. Assist in the development and implementation of social media campaigns and public health messaging.

You should be knowledgeable of and embrace the values of behavioral health equity and trauma-informed practices and be able to deliver trainings in a culturally competent, equitable and respectful manner. The CSB is committed to the One Fairfax Policy, a policy aimed at racial and social equity by ensuring all individuals in Fairfax have an opportunity to reach their highest level of personal achievement. This position is responsible for ensuring that this policy is at the forefront of our community-based wellness and prevention services.

This position includes a signing bonus for new employees of $2,000 (full-time).

Eligible for a bilingual language stipend.

Note: For more information regarding this position please view the Realistic Job Preview: Behavioral Health Prevention Specialist at CSB.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Collaborates with service professionals inside and outside of the Community Services Board;
  • Conducts wellness and health promotion services;
  • Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with representatives of community groups and public and private agencies;
  • Prepares and administers behavioral health educational curricula.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of behavioral health services and social development of the individual;
  • Knowledge of evidence based behavioral health treatment methods;
  • Knowledge of psychological, physiological and psychiatric terminology, theories and practices;
  • Knowledge of existing public and private agencies and community resources;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public and private
  • organizations, community groups, and the general public;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.

Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, nursing, counseling or a related field, plus one year of clinical experience or Bachelor's degree with current Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) certification plus one year of clinical experience.

Valid motor vehicle driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or the equivalent in another State) maintained throughout employment with CSB.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry check, a driving record check, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. A TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.

Additional Work Schedule Requirements: Evenings and weekends as required: 1 weekend a month and 2 evenings per week depending on need. This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies).

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

  • Bilingual English - Spanish or another language
  • Training and experience providing one (1) or more evidence based Behavioral Health Wellness Programs
  • Certified to facilitate Mental Health First Aid (Youth or Adult)

Ability to physically lift up to 20 pounds and lead and participate in alternative activities. Personal vehicle required to attend meetings and community functions at sites throughout the county. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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